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Prenatal Diagnosis

New Tools, New Problems
  • Aubrey Milunsky

Abstract

Prenatal genetic diagnosis provides reassurance to couples at risk that they may selectively have offspring without serious mental retardation and/or chronic or serious-to-fatal disease.1 More babies are born because of the availability of prenatal diagnosis compared to the number of pregnancies terminated. Prenatal diagnosis is a life-giving, not a life-taking, technology. Amniocentesis for genetic diagnosis has been documented as a very low-risk procedure for almost a decade,2 and less than 3% of women undergoing amniocentesis for genetic risks need to face a decision to terminate a pregnancy.1 Abortions as a consequence of prenatal diagnosis account for a minute fraction of 1 % of all abortions performed.

Keywords

Down Syndrome Prenatal Diagnosis Spina Bifida Huntington Disease Prenatal Detection 
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© Aubrey Milunsky and George J. Annas 1985

Authors and Affiliations

  • Aubrey Milunsky
    • 1
  1. 1.Center for Human GeneticsBoston University School of MedicineBostonUSA

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